While Stocks Last: The Live Reef Food Fish Trade | Asian Development Bank

While Stocks Last: The Live Reef Food Fish Trade

Publication | June 2005
While Stocks Last: The Live Reef Food Fish Trade

Live fish have long been traded around Southeast Asia as a luxury food item. Fish captured on coral reefs entered this trade only in recent years but, because of their superior taste or texture, have become the most valued fish in the trade.

This book is the result of the work by nine independent scientists who agreed to contribute their time to write on specific topics within their individual expertise on live reef food fish (LRFF) trade issues.

The picture that emerges from this book is extremely worrying: the LRFF trade has caused degradation of the resources on which the trade depends, and hence has to move farther and farther from the main market centers in order to continue to supply them.

The book provides scientific evidence for the need to curb and manage the capture of wild live reef food fish, and proposes ways to help entrepreneurs and fishers reform the trade based on limiting fish capture and hatchery rearing the fish.


  • Foreword
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Economic and Trade Issues
  • The Fish Resources
  • Social Issues
  • Management of the Trade
  • Aquaculture
  • Institutional Aspects
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • References
  • Conventional Management Tools and the LRFF Trade
  • Current Management and Regulatory Tools Employed by Countries in the LRFF Trade